PADDOCK TO PLATE: Biggenden Meatworks' Gavin Kelly with the
PADDOCK TO PLATE: Biggenden Meatworks' Gavin Kelly with the "on the hook" exhibits in the Biggenden Show Society's in the prime cattle class.

Hard work pays dividends for paddock to plate comp

ECLIPSE Pastoral takes out the hook section of the paddock to plate class of the Biggenden Show Society’s prime cattle judging.

Cattle had already been entered into the 100 day competition at Muan Feedlot when coronavirus restrictions took place.

With 29 head entered, organisers decided to go ahead with the competition.

Eclipse Pastoral is operated by William and Jess Bargenquast at Woowoonga along with his parents Russell and Maria who live at Teebar.

Jess Bargenquast said we run our breeders at our Doongul paddock and finish off our steers at the Woowoonga property.

“We market our steers to the feeder market but when we saw the Biggenden Show Society’s competition the family had no hesitation to support it,” she said.

“The class was an opportunity to see what happens from weights gained at the feedlot through to the abattoir.”

Mrs Bargenquast said since the family operation started 15 years ago, they have worked hard on breeding quality beef and improving their breeder herd, making sure they produce what the market is looking for.

“All this hard work has now paid off,” she said.

“It hasn’t been an easy road struggling with drought and low rainfall has meant we have needed to adapt to the seasons and manage our country and cattle to ensure they still perform.”

The Bargenquasts were very shocked, happy and pleasantly surprised with the win.

They acknowledged the Biggenden Show Society for still being able to run the class in these hard times of the coronavirus with rules and restrictions.

“We will be supporting the class next year,” Mrs Bargenquast said.

Biggenden Show Society treasurer Kirsten Bust said a presentation will be held once everything is back to normal.

“Our congratulations to all vendors for their support and on the quality of cattle,” she said.

Results: On the hoof, A & A Trigger 1 and 3, A & S Fowler 2. On the hook, Eclipse Pastoral 1 and 2, Malaga Grazing 3.


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